Guidelines on how the public can attend Her Majesty The Queen’s Staging Ceremony at Westminster Hall


Guidelines have been issued on how the public can attend Her Majesty The Queen’s State Ceremony at Westminster Hall.

  • The staging will take place from Wednesday September 14 to Monday September 19
  • The public will be able to walk past the Queen’s coffin to pay their respects
  • A ceremonial procession preceding the reclining state will carry Her Majesty the Queen from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen during the Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster in London from Wednesday evening.

Before that, a ceremonial procession will take place on Wednesday afternoon which will see the Queen’s coffin travel from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the Lying-in-State.

Members of the public can watch the procession in person at the ceremonial viewing areas along the procession route or at a screening site in Hyde Park.

At the Lying-in-State, the Queen’s closed coffin will rest on a raised platform, known as a catafalque, in Westminster Hall and will be draped in the royal standard with the orb and scepter placed on top.

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Each corner of the platform will be guarded 24 hours a day by a vigil of units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

The public will be able to parade in front of the coffin 24 hours a day from 5 p.m. on Wednesday September 14 until 6:30 a.m. on the day of the funeral – Monday September 19.

Those wishing to attend will have to queue for several hours or even overnight. Large crowds are expected and people are encouraged to check ahead, plan accordingly and be prepared for long wait times.

Everyone attending the Lying-in-State will go through airport-style security and there are strict restrictions on what you can bring, with only small bags allowed. Step-free access will be available for those who need it.

For those unable to travel, key moments from the ceremonial procession and Lying-in-State will be broadcast on the BBC, Sky News and ITV.

Complete government guidelines here


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